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Southern Women's Show
Charleston Area Convention Center
Charleston, SC


See What Happened at the 2016 Southern Women's Show!

How Refreshing

You count on Food Lion for low prices, fresh produce, and their Food Lion promise of Double Your Money Back satisfaction guarantee.  Now you can count on them for great recipes, tips and secrets from chefs, plus tasty samples at the Food Lion Kitchen Stage. Plus, get money saving coupons at the MVP Savings Center with your MVP card! It’s all at the Southern Women’s Show.

Easy, Fresh and Affordable

Taste delicious  Affordably Fresh samples from the live cooking segments prepared using the freshest ingredients and products from the Food Lion Family of Brands at the Taste Experience Stage.

Game On!

Enjoy the exciting Chopped Challenge where two chefs square off and battle against each other using items selected by show guests from the Food Lion Pantry. Watch the chefs work under pressure to create tasty, unique recipes.

Play to Win

Watch teams put their Food Lion knowledge to the test in head-to-head trivia during the Food Lion Face Off. Contestants for the game show will be selected from the audience. Get there early so you can play to win a $25 gift card to Food Lion.

Taste Inspiration

Learn tips and tricks from chefs that you can use at home, new fresh pairings for salads or secrets to blending your own spice at the Fresh Flavor Stage.

Jenny Brulé

Chef Jenny Brulé has been developing recipes and writing about food since graduating with honors from Baltimore International Culinary College in 1994. From 2003-2010 Jenny and her family nomadically ate their way through Europe, but now call Charlotte home.
Jenny has been a nationally published food writer and recipe developer for twenty years. Her work has appeared in Cooking Light, Shape, Fitness, Swiss News, and countless regional magazines and newspapers. She’s made over 50 appearances as chef and food correspondent on Carolina’s largest NBC affiliate, WCNC and Charlotte Today’s Food Lion Kitchen. Additionally, Jenny was chosen in a national search to appear in five cooking videos for Food Network and Reynolds Wrap.
Personal Quote: “My cooking style balances my classical French training with my busy-mommy reality. The aim of my writing and teaching, since I began over twenty years ago, has been to encourage people to get into the kitchen and cook for their families and friends. I truly believe that cooking is love.”
Jenny's cookbook, Learn to Cook 25 Southern Classics 3 Ways, is available in stores, on Amazon and at the Southern Women's Show at Buxton Books, now.

Monica Smith

Monica has held a variety of professional positions throughout her life, including sales and catering, but always felt she was missing something. She had dreamed of opening a restaurant with her father and brother since childhood. After her brother died Monica turned her dream into reality by going to school to study culinary arts. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a bachelor’s degree in foods and nutrition, then went on to complete a culinary degree at the Art Institute of Charlotte in 2012. Monica is currently an executive chef and freelance personal chef in Gastonia, NC. She defines her style of cooking as modern southern foods with finesse and lots of love.
Personal quote: “As a culinary professional and minster of my own cuisine, I believe it is my responsibility to ensure that every dish I cook is prepared with all of my love, passion, heart and soul. Eating for living has helped me to develop my cooking style.”
Television appearances
• Guys’ Grocery Games-Food Network 2013
• WCNC Charlotte Today-recipe demo-2014
• WCCB Charlotte ACC Fan Fest promotion-2014
• Google+ Hangout MasterChef Cook-a-Long-2014
• Chef Contestant-Food Network-2014 (show has yet to air)
Current Occupation: Executive chef at First United Methodist Church

Lisa Brooks

Lisa has been in the kitchen since she was a little girl. She grew up cooking typical southern foods at her mother’s side. Cooking has always been a passion of hers; in fact Lisa feels that being a chef was her true calling in life. Lisa is a Certified Culinarian by the American Culinary Federation and has earned an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts from Central Piedmont Community College. She and her husband, Ken, own and cook beside six other chefs at her personal chef service in Charlotte, NC. Her specialties include Southern American, Cajun/Creole, Caribbean and Vegetarian cooking. She won the Moore & Van Allen MVA Bowl Cooking Competition in 2012 and recently appeared on Guy's Grocery Games on The Food Network. 
Personal Quote: “In the South, to prepare a meal for someone is to show them love. I prepare real food for real people- the trendy, health-conscious and just plain ol’ country folk.”

Nathalie Dupree

Nathalie is the author of fourteen cookbooks.  She is best known for her approachability and her understanding of Southern cooking, having started the New Southern Cooking movement now found in many restaurants throughout the United States, and co-authoring Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking.  
She has been chef of three restaurants – in Majorca, Spain, Georgia and Virginia. For 10 years she directed the Rich’s Cooking School in Atlanta, where she stopped counting at 10,000 students. Many of them now own restaurants, catering or other food businesses, edit magazines, have their own television shows and have written their own cookbooks.

Prepare a quick weeknight pasta with Bill West from NASH FM 96.9

Stop by the Food Lion Kitchen Stage on Friday at 4:00pm to see NASH FM 96.9 Radio Personality Bill West and Chef Monica Smith demonstrate how easy and affordable it is to prepare a weeknight pasta dish that everyone will love. Watch them make it and then try a sample at the end.

Chopped Challenge with Charlie James from 1250 WTMA

Take a seat at the Food Lion Kitchen Stage on Saturday at 12:45pm to see professional chefs go head-to-head in the kitchen during the ultimate cooking challenge. This special chopped challenge will be hosted by 1250 WTMA Radio Personality Charlie James and Chef Monica Smith.
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